Archive for August, 2008

African Salute to James Brown

August 30, 2008

It could have been billed the American Salute to James Brown: JB stalwarts Pee Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley were up front and center, with Pee Wee in charge of the proceedings. The funk came hard and strong, with some curveballs thrown in like a lovely Try Me with vocals by Martha High and doo-wop backing by Pee Wee and company. 2 bona fide African stars made it to Minneapolis: Vieux Farka Toure and Chiekh Lo each had a star turn, most spectacularly on This Is A Man’s World with stunning vocals by Lo. It would have been nice to hear more from Lo and Farka Toure, but the music was so strong all night it’s hard to quibble. (Above: Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis and Charles McNeil at the Dakota, Minneapolis, August 25, 2008. Photo by Mitchel Anderson.)

JB on Letterman

August 26, 2008

I hope to have a photo or two and some comments soon on the Pee Wee Ellis/Fred Wesley “African Salute To James Brown” show at the Dakota last night, but in the meantime here’s a great performance by JB from the old David Letterman show.

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings: Tell Me

August 23, 2008

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings: a video for the song Tell Me.

Orchestre Poly-Rythmo

August 14, 2008

From Analog Africa comes this nice video pastiche of Benin’s Orchestre Poly-Rythmo performing Gbeti Madjro, from the great African Scream Contest album.

Vieux Farka Toure in Bamako

August 13, 2008

Some guitar wizardry by Vieux Farka Toure at home in Bamako, courtesy of Modiba Productions. Vieux Farka Toure is part of the highly anticipated Still Black Still Proud tour (subtitle: The African Tribute To James Brown), put together by Pee Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley from James Brown’s unforgettable seventies ensembles. They’ll be at the Dakota in Minneapolis on August 25, and according to the Dakota website, the great Nigerian drummer Tony Allen will be part of the band, along with the amazing Senegalese singer Cheikh Lo.

Isaac Hayes

August 10, 2008

Jesse Jackson introduces Isaac Hayes performing the Theme From Shaft at Wattstax.

Tony Bennett

August 8, 2008

Going old school tonight with some 60s era Tony Bennett, from the Dean Martin show, recorded on some guy’s TV.

Spanky Wilson

August 4, 2008

Spanky Wilson & Quantic Soul Orchestra: Don’t Joke With A Hungry Man